Feenie and friends are back it seems, after quite a long hiatus—the last time Capcom released anything relevant in the series was 2010’s Ace Attorney: Investigations. Sure, Shu Takumi’s own Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective came out to fill the void, but apart from some half-hearted remakes on the Wii and iOS, the world has (criminally?) been without everyone’s favorite portable adventure game/source of creepy slash fiction.
I got to play a few minutes of Phoenix Wright’s brand-new adventure (subtitled Dual Destinies) demo over at Capcom’s E3 booth a few weeks ago and came away impressed. I had my apprehensions at first; primarily because the game was now using polygonal models rather than sprites to represent each character—which I thought would lead to less-expressive and less-charming character expressions, a series high point. As I sat down and played through the short case, those fears were quickly alleviated: Dual Destinies definitely captures the game’s signature charm. Though there are still limited amounts of animation per character (a blink of an eye here, some dialogue animation and maybe a pratfall somewhere in between), the cel-shaded visuals looked very smooth whether or not the system’s 3D slider was cranked up.
Set a year after the events of Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney, the demo sees Phoenix back in the defense attorney’s seat after rebuilding his practice and regaining his lawyer-ship. The case starts off right after an explosion rocks the courthouse: a bomb concealed within a stuffed elephant kept as a piece of evidence rips through the courtroom mid-trial, leading to the case Phoenix somehow manages to get involved in.
Apart from Phoenix and his trademark wacky coif, you should see a few familiar faces in Dual Destinies. Apollo Justice returns with a badass new look as Capcom quietly retcons him out of importance, Prosecutor Payne was also sighted during the demo; and of course the Judge is back to serve us with the power of the beard. No sight of Maya or Trucy but rookie defense attorney Athena Cykes fills in the shoes of Phoenix’ partner/jailbait eye-candy that they find a way to cop-out of a romantic interest at the last minute.
The demo itself was fairly straightforward if you’ve played any of the other games in the series—you get to leaf through evidence, point out inconsistencies in witness’ testimony and call out objections, all to prove the innocence of one Juniper Woods—Athena’s childhood friend and witness in that last case—who through some happenstance has managed to get her fingerprints all over the stuffed elephant/bomb. Fairly damning evidence for any other attorney, but somehow ol’ Feenie manages to save the day like he always does.
Capcom will be releasing Dual Destinies exclusively on the eShop, which is a smart move in many ways—not only are they cutting out the middle-man of retail and ensuring such a niche title actually gets published in the first place, but since it’s such a linear game they’re also preventing people from turning around and selling the game once they’re done with it.
To go along with this impressions post, Capcom PR’s sent us a slough of PWAA: DD screenshots for your viewing pleasure! Check out the gallery after the break.
Over the last few days after their E3 Direct presentation, Nintendo has been releasing Developer Direct Videos showcasing in-depth details of the games they featured at E3. It’s a great way to get more information about the game you’ve been following without digging through other news you have no interest on. The videos are presented by the actual developers of their respective games which I think is brilliant.
They’ve released seven of these developer videos so far. I will edit this post when more are released (I’ve embedded the Super Smash Bros video above because it’s all that matters lol).
If you are too lazy to read up on all the Nintendo news at E3, don’t worry because we understand that it’s easier and more fun just to watch a video of it.
So here’s a video made by Nintendo summarizing all the announcements, footage, and a sprinkle of behind the scenes of the booths. You also get to see Jessie Cantrell again — glad to see Nintendo still gave her a job after her stint with the Nintendo Show 3D ended. And also, old Nintendo execs wearing cat suits are sad and hilarious at the same time.
This week’s PlayStation Store update comes a day late. I blame E3.
Day-1 Digital welcomes The Last of Us this Friday so if you are too lazy to stomp over to Datablitz or Itech then feel free to download it from the PS Store — all 50+ gigabytes of it!
Not a Day-1 digital but Final Fantasy XIII-2 gets a digital release to make your ‘Gran Pulse’ (heh).
This week’s PS+ nets us four excellent PS3 games for free and hey, Sony is giving us the biggest PS Store sale yet. “The Best of E3 2012 Sale” gives us the crème de la crème of last years expo with a 50%/75% price slash! (Hit the source link for all changes and details of this week’s update)
Sony Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida was interviewed by the cunning people at Engadget and revealed that Sony has a couple of devkits of the Oculus Rift. “We’ve got a couple of the development kits, and I tried it out and I love it”, confirmed the Sony boss during a roundtable at E3.
When asked about possible PlayStation 4 support for the coming VR headset, Yoshida said “no comment” with a big smile, according to Engadget. The smile was moot though, as Yoshida is known to be in a perpetual state of smile especially when sharing PS4 games.
Too tired and grumpy to write a proper post about all the neat games I played during E3; in the meantime please understand and enjoy this photo set (of which WordPress totally screwed the ordering of)! Click the thumbnails to get a bigger version of each picture.
After Final Fantasy director Tetsuya Nomura revealed the 15th core Final Fantasy game at the Sony E3 presentation, he also left us with a teaser trailer of the third Kingdom Hearts game for the PlayStation 4.
After so many spin-offs and remakes we are finally getting the real Kingdom Hearts 3! It’s so great, guys! :D **
**Fake excitement from the author as he is not really a Kingdom Hearts fan.
The most important take-away from Sony’s press con is their complete 180 compared to Microsoft’s anti-consumer policies and the price tag of $399 for the Playstation 4. When information on the Xbox One’s stand on used games and the requirement for a once every 24 hour online authentication, people feared that Sony could just follow suit. However, they wowed or even surprised the press with a very pro-consumer stance allowing used games without any form of online authentication and an amazing price point which was reminiscent of the Playstation vs Dreamcast era by undercutting Xbox One by a full hundred dollars (like what they did to the Dreamcast) to debut at a retail price of $399.
Starting off the press conference were a few titles for the PS3 namely: Batman: Arkham Origins, Grand Theft Auto 5 which also comes in a Playstation 3 bundle, The Last of Us, Beyond: Two Souls, Puppeteer, SCE Japan Studio’s upcoming adventure game “Rain, and well… Gran Turismo 6 (not like anyone cares). Clearly, Sony doesn’t want you to get rid of your Playstation 3 yet and why should you? I think the Playstation 4 era is going to be even more demanding of your hard drive than the Playstation 3, why fill it up with old games?
There was the void during the press con where it was all about TV (again), not really relevant to developing countries like the Philippines so… booooring.
Moving on to the Playstation 4 and its games, they started off with a Steampunk design console exclusive: The Order: 1886, they’ve got modern-like guns in 1886 so why am I not hyped up for this game? Maybe because it’s another shooter like Killzone: Shadow Fall came out,and if you’re still craving for more shooters, the world premiere for Bungie’s next generation shooter Destiny game play was featured on the the Sony press con floor. Destiny is a massively multiplayer online shooter which seems to draw inspiration from Borderlands’ style of game play. Looks nice, but not impressive really. That’s my tone on the shooters.
On to more games. We were treated to some in-game footage for Infamous: SecondSon; I like how they’re developing the story line. Sony also revealed a new trailer for one of their console exclusives: Knack to be available at launch with the PS4. The “old man” in the original PS4 reveal made a come back in what seems to be a tech demo for a future title called The Dark Sorcerer. I didn’t really get why they had to plug this in because it barely made an impact. If anything it just caused people to laugh at the comedic twist at the end of the video clip. Let’s see… Driveclub! If anyone still cares (I don’t) but since there will be a Driveclub PS+ version as part of their “instant game collection” (IGC) I’ll be giving it a go when its available.
Another part of Sony’s 180 direction from Microsoft is allowing independent studios to self-publish their games on the Playstation network. They showcased a few independent game studios on stage namely: Supergiant Games (Transistor), Klei (Don’t Starve), Young Horses (Octodad: Dadliest Catch), Switchblade Monkeys (Secret Ponchos) Red Tag (Ray’s Dead), Red Barrels (Outlast), 17-bit Games (Galaxz), and Oddworld Inhabitants (Oddworld: New and Tasty) and they will have their console debut exclusively on Playstation 4.
Moving on, Square Enix dropped major bombs namely: Final Fantasy XIII Versus being relegated to Final Fantasy XV (why am I not surprised?) and then a teaser for Kingdom Hearts 3 which is currently in development. Also, if anyone still cares for Final Fantasy XIV (the second online RPG), it will be available for both Playstation 3 and 4.
Ubisoft also made a live demo for Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag which unceremoniously ended because the tech demo was stalling on the PS4. This probably raised some questions as to the hardware’s capabilities. But the more relevant game to me was the premiere of Watch Dogs’ gameplay and I have to say it looks pretty damn good and the concept of using your smartphone to dick around is certainly wicked cool. The Playstation 4 version of Watch Dogs will have an additional hour of gameplay so I guess I know what platform I’m getting this game on.
I can’t stress about the fact that none of us here plays sports video games religiously. It really is the last title on our minds but nevertheless, Lebron James of the Miami Heat popped up on a feature promo for 2K Sports’ next generation NBA game showcasing how they captured the current league MVP’s moves and mannerisms in the game.
Playstation 4 owners will also be treated to an exclusive first beta for The Elder Scrolls Online by Bethesda Softworks. That’s actually a pretty cool proposition for the next generation consoles: the ability to play upcoming triple A online games without necessarily investing in a gaming PC.
Another world premiere on the Sony floor was the collaboration of Avalanche Studios and Warner Brothers Interactive to make a Mad Max video game for the next generation consoles. You’ll get some item pack exclusive for PS4 or something, who cares?
On to the good part, at least for Playstation Plus subscribers. Sony has announced four (4) PS4 titles that will be free for PS+ subscribers down the road namely: Driveclub, Don’t Starve, Outlast, and Secret Ponchos. While three of those titles are indie games, and one title I could care less about, that’s extra value for long term subscribers such as myself. If anything, it only leads me to wonder how PS+ is monetized. For $50 dollars a year, I have gained access to several hundred dollars or even thousand dollars worth of games.
Last but not the least, the cloud gaming service will be available starting 2014 for the PS3, PS4, and PS Vita. Unfortunately, this will not be available outside the United States and probably never for the Philippines. Not like our standard internet connections could handle it anyway.
Verdict: B+ While there is a pretty solid line-up for the Playstation 4, I wasn’t really wowed by anything exclusive to Sony. However, when you take into consideration their pro-consumer approach and the open platform approach to woo indie game developers, there is nothing but a clear upside for people who will buy the Playstation 4. It’s clearly cheaper at $399, you’ll have access to used games, and Playstation Plus certainly gives you more value for money compared to Xbox Live Gold. Did Sony beat Microsoft in E3? I have to say yeah, they probably even killed Microsoft. Sony fan boys are probably extremely intolerable right now.
Oh, and the Playstation 4 will be available this holiday season (2013).
Update: According to Polygon, Brad Douglas mentioned on Twitter that the PS4 will be region free for games just like the PS3.
This Tuesday (Wednesday local time) on E3 week, we get three awesome PS3 games added to the Instant Game Collection that were totally not on the reported list last week. UNCHARTED 3: Drake’s Deception, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, and LittleBigPlanet: Karting will be free for PlayStation Plus subscribers at no additional cost.
I already have Uncharted 3 like any other PS3 owner, but I’m glad I held off for XCOM. LBP Karting is just icing on the cake. Hellz Yeah.
God Eater Burst (PSP, PS Vita compatible) is also added to June’s list of free games and will be available later this month.
I’m pretty sure we’ll get more announcements regarding PS Plus during E3. So stay tuned!
We don’t usually post rumors but when it comes from NeoGAF, sometimes it pays to listen.
A GAF member named “bh7812” posted what he says are reliable details for upcoming E3 Nintendo Direct Presentation. I’m gonna enumerate them for you people who don’t want to wade into the clutter of the original forum post.
A revival of a retro Nintendo IP is set to be revealed. Trailer will be shown. What IP is it? It’s Star Tropics U.
New console Mario game. It’s a huge game and it will be released this October. He’s hinted that Super Mario Land‘s big boss Wart is in it. He won’t say the actual title but one of the titles considered for it is “Super Mario Retroverse U”.
The new console Zelda (for the Wii U) may get just a mention this year. Target date is Holiday 2015. It will be the biggest game in the series yet and they are going for the same quality as the E3 tech demo.
Mario Kart U is just an enhanced port of the 3DS version. Not really that exciting. Out this December.
Super Smash Bros 4. Will be revealed at the Nintendo Direct. Some characters will be revealed and the full roster gradually through release. Wii U and 3DS versions will be released same day. This will be Nintendo’s big game of 2014.
Possible Wii U price cut and a possible Ambassador Program 2.
A huge surprise game that fans have been clamoring about.
Pretty exciting stuff. Remember, these are all rumors and should all be taken with a grain of salt. But also remember NeoGAF’s slogan — BELIEVE!
Want to see what’s going on in E3 but can’t be physically there? You can check out GameSpot’s coverage of the Pre-E3 Show 2013 on June 6th at 10 am Pacific Time (about 1 am here on June 7th). If you have an XBOX 360, you can also catch it in XBOX Live’s GameSpot app.
KONAMI will be in the show to update us fans on their new game trailers as well as exclusive interviews. They will be unveiling products from their new social games studios. Hideo Kojima’s Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will be the major game highlight in the event. MercurySteam is also going to show the latest gameplay video for Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2. You can watch the show at the KONAMI website.
KONAMI has partnered with CBS and GameSpot for this year’s Pre-E3 Show. Promotions are also going to be aired in CBS for fans and enthusiasts starting May 27th.